It appears that Microsoft is planning a new project called Tulalip and could be positioning it as a hybrid search/social networking service, according to details from a splash page that was accidentally published to Socl.com recently.
As of Thursday, Microsoft has taken down the splash page and replaced it with a message acknowledging the project.
Splash page message states “Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn’t mean to, honest.”
Microsoft is the new owner of the domain socl.com. Also, the domain name is shorthand for “Social”. The four letter domain socl.com would complement bing.com.
Tulalip currently only offers a “welcome” message that explains itself this way as shown in the picture above.
With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever.
The page also contains two rows of images that look very similar to the “Tiles” interface design found on Microsoft’s new Window’s Phone 7 operating system.
Look like it’s world war of social networks as Google+ is already in action with more than 10 million users before its launch.
Microsoft is planning to do much more with Tulalip than it’s letting on. The company was unavailable for further comment on its plans for Socl.com at the time of publication.
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